All too often, it’s easy to complain that the area is suffering a loss of business and devoid of customer service.
But looming changes to our community should provide hope that its good to do business in Prosser, Grandview, Sunnyside and Granger.
Yesterday, the newest business in our area celebrated its opening. The new Holiday Inn Express, part of the Love’s travel stop in Prosser, will provide several jobs for area residents, as well as 75 up-scale rooms for visitors here enjoying the area.
The opening of the hotel comes just a couple days after the Port of Grandview celebrated the upcoming opening of three new businesses there.
Byam Business Park is the future home for Bestebreur Brothers Construction, Fast Mobile Service and Indian River Transport.
Bestebreur Bros. Construction has been in business since 1958. Fast Mobile Service L.L.C. is a diesel mechanic shop specializing in service and repair of trucks and farm machinery. And Indian River Transport is a bulk food-grade tanker transportation service.
In Sunnyside, Darigold is reviving its truck fleet, Co Dinn winery recently opened and Varietal Beer is under construction. A new Ross “dress for less” store will be opening in the coming weeks and Taco Bell is in the process of upgrading its restaurant.
And those Sunnyside additions come on the heels of an announcement earlier this summer that Olympia-based Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms will invest $25 million for a new facility here employing 200 area residents.
It looks as though the Lower Yakima Valley is finally on the economic development map as a good place to do business. And that bodes well for residents and visitors alike.
Area port districts, city leaders and others deserve a pat on the back for their efforts to improve our economy, lives and community.